The best information always comes straight from the source. Ten years ago, Cedefop set up a network designed to provide it with the most reliable information on national vocational education and training systems and policies. The network collects much of the information and data on which Cedefop’s research and analysis is based. In October, ReferNet celebrated this milestone with a conference in which futures specialist Fabienne Goux-Baudiment outlined the challenges education and training will be facing. Cedefop also issued a special publication that included contributions from ReferNet members.
Several major events on employment and education are being held this week in Cyprus, the country holding the EU Council Presidency. Cedefop is there, presenting its latest policy analysis and research findings.
A short survey for teachers and trainers, employers and guidance counsellors on the attractiveness of initial vocational education and training in Europe.
Sectors where training is an integral part of human resource practices show higher productivity gains. Such economic benefits are not only a result of higher worker skills, but also of higher job satisfaction, which leads to a higher individual commitment to the workplace. This is one of the conclusions of our most recent research paper, “Sectoral perspectives on the benefits of vocational education and training”